Wouldn’t you know it the weather is finally stating to warm up just as we are about to leave the area. Fitting, I guess! We have really been enjoying our stay at Diamond Justin J’s RV Park especially for its easy access to trails. With the weather being very chilly in the morning we haven’t ventured out far from the park too much.
Instead we hiked extensively on the trails located right behind the park. One afternoon while Sharon was doing laundry and working out I took off on my mountain bike for about 10 miles of trail riding.. These trails behind the park abut the Tucson Mountain Park owned by the city of Tucson. There is a cut in the fence where all one has to do is lift their bike about two feet over a low bar which I can only assume is to keep motorcycles out of the park.
Once in the Tucson Mountain Park there are even more trails to access via hiking or mountain biking. This is such a scenic area with all the saguaros and the fact that it is so green due to all the recent rainfall. I even located a small but cool looking crested saguaro along the trails and stopped to admire it wondering what actually occurs in its physiology (or genetics?)causing it to crest.
On our next to the last day while Sharon and I were working out in the morning we had a surprise visit from RV friends Roger and Lynn. They stayed for a short visit and it sure was fun catching back up with them. We originally met them in Quartzite a few years ago have crossed paths a few more time since then. We are so thankful they stopped by.
That afternoon while Sharon was getting a haircut near the University of Arizona I walked around the campus and stopped for a frosty beverage at Illegal Pete's while waiting for her . A nice pleasant day made walking around campus very enjoyable. I stopped to look at the crested saguaro behind the Old Main building once again as well.
After picking up Sharon, we headed over to Barrio Brewing for happy hour where we were to meet Steve and MonaLiza once again before leaving the area. Also RV’ers we met first at Betty’s and have seen from time to time, Jim and Nanc, were coming to happy hour as well. With half priced appetizers we all ordered their very tasty pretzels. Lots of lively conversation and reconnecting occurred over drinks and dinner. Fun!
Our last day here in Tucson we took one more four mile hike in “our backyard” as we bid a farewell to our thorny friends. Next up for us is to hit the road starting our eastward migration to Texas…
NOTE: We are moving over to Mountain View RV Park in Bowie, AZ for one night before moving on over to Las Cruces, NM.